Hassan signs legislation that gives state auto dealers projections in dealings with manufacturers
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - Gov. Maggie Hassan has signed legislation that gives New Hampshire auto dealers protections in their dealings with their manufacturers.
Hassan signed the Dealer Bill of Rights law at a Statehouse ceremony Tuesday. The bill, which takes effect in 90 days, will limit mandatory facility upgrades to every 15 years. Dealers had complained they currently have no leverage in agreements they sign with manufacturers and have said manufacturers can require them to pay for costly and unnecessary renovations.
The bill includes a provision ending mandates by manufacturers to use out-of-state products and contractors to do showroom upgrades and ensures proper reimbursement for warranty work done by local dealers. The bill also covers farm and construction equipment dealers.
The Alliance of Auto Manufacturers had asked Hassan to veto the bill as draconian.